Bulk Infrastructure and Amazon Web Services have signed an agreement to allow the cloud service provider’s use of Bulk´s part-owned transatlantic subsea cable HAVFRUE. It is the first transatlantic submarine cable to connect the US directly with Norway.
The agreement, which also covers access to Bulk’s carrier neutral data centres in Southern Norway, includes HAVFRUE connectivity from New Jersey, US to Ireland, Norway and Denmark, including select European terrestrial backhaul links. HAVFRUE is part owned by AWS cloud services rival Google.
In January 2018, it was announced that Bulk Infrastructure would be one of the co-builders of HAVFRUE, and that it would also be the owner and landing party for the Norwegian branch to the system.
The Amazon deal includes termination points in the New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX); Dublin, Ireland; and Bulk´s facilities at both the N01 Campus in Southern Norway and its facility in Western Denmark.
Bulk´s HAVFRUE subsea branch to Kristiansand, Norway opens up possibilities for making full use of Norway´s vast surplus of cost-efficient renewable energy, in addition to creating diverse routes to other Nordic and European markets. HAVFRUE will be open for business in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Peder Nærbø, founder and owner of Bulk Infrastructure, said: “Having AWS on our core infrastructure will open up new opportunities for both companies. This agreement also recognises our commitment to enable the great potential that the Nordic region has to offer as an attractive platform for cost-efficient and sustainable digital services.”
He added: “We are excited to see AWS’ continued commitment to the region – with last December’s launch of the AWS Europe (Stockholm) cloud region, numerous edge locations throughout the Nordics, and the recent news that they will open offices in Oslo, Norway.”
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